OECD unveils its top seven nations for living well


OECD unveils its top seven nations for living well

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (or OECD for short) has released its latest report into the countries that offer the best life style and individual well-being.

The top seven are the ones that typically come top of good living surveys with the following making the top grade (in no particular order):

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Sweden
  4. Switzerland
  5. Denmark
  6. USA
  7. Norway

The highest ranked countries all scored highly when it came to health, education, housing, work-life balance, personal security, employment and income.

The most satisfied people in the world were listed as coming from Switzerland where the majority of those surveyed said that they were satisfied with their lives. Canadians came in eighth whilst those folk living in Hungary were the least satisfied out of the 36 industrialised nations surveyed by the OECD.

The survey also showed how much of a negative impact the Euro crisis has had on people living in the Eurozone. The OECD said that whilst incomes and employment have fallen since the crisis’s onset in 2008, the negative impact has been broader, affecting peoples’ trust in institutions and their satisfaction with the way democracy works, as well as the degree to which they expect to be helped by others. In Greece people’s satisfaction tumbled by 20% since 2007, Italy it fell by 12% and in Spain by 10%.

The UK managed to rank fairly highly with the OECD survey showing that the country is above average when it comes to jobs, earnings and housing. Overall the UK is listed as one of the top ten best places to live coming in ahead of France and Germany.

Luca Smith
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After spending the summers of his childhood in Burgundy with his French grandparents, Luca moved from the US to Digoin on a permanent basis when he was seventeen. After completing his studies Luca pursued a career as a writer and now produces articles for local and national publications.